John Morton’s Legendary 1972 BRE Datsun 240Z

It only seemed appropriate that our focus this week should be with of our friends currently attending the 25th Annual Z Car Convention in Phoenix, Arizona…and where better to start than with John Morton’s legendary left-coast racer, the #46 ’72 Brock Racing Enterprises  Datsun 240Z.

At the end of the 1971 season, John Morton had earned two C Production Championship wins in this #46 BRE 240Z. This photo was taken at Orange County Raceway during a photo-shoot to capture images for the box of a Revel Model which would immortalize the “Champion”.

The S30 Z-cars were very successful in racing throughout the 1970s; Bob Sharp Racing dominated the import racing scene on the east coast with Paul Newman as one of his drivers and Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) dominated the west with driver John Morton driving a Datsun 510 and 240Z (#46). Other drivers, such as Clearwater Florida (and later Maryland) racer Don Kearney had great success with the Z car between 1970 and 1978 also. It is no small part to due to these early racing successes that the Z is widely credited as the catalyst for the import performance parts industry in the United States. Nissan also supported and was associated with Bob Bondurant’s race driving school from its inception.